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11:15 AM ET, July 6, 2011

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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney raises $18.25 million  —  Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney talks with reporters outside Allentown Metal Works in Allentown, Pa., last week.  (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney raised $18.25 million …
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich raises $2M, reveals significant debt  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will report raising approximately $2 million in the second fundraising quarter of the year and ending the month of June with $225,000 in the bank, POLITICO has learned.
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Romney raises $18.25M; Gingrich in debt  —  GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is raising money today from Americans in London, hoping to add to his already fat campaign account.  —  Romney is reporting today that he raised $18.25 million in the second fundraising quarter and has $12.6 million in the bank.
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Reaction
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Romney raised over $18M in second quarter
Discussion: Ballot Box, FrumForum and Fox Nation
Katrina vanden Heuvel / Washington Post:
Invoke the 14th — and end the debt standoff  —  On its current course, the United States is four weeks away from defaulting on its debt for the first time in its history.  If that happens, businesses will fail.  Financial institutions will fail.  Home values will decline.  Mortgage rates will skyrocket.
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Senate postpones Libya authorization bill to focus on debt  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) canceled a vote on legislation authorizing U.S. military action in Libya after facing pressure from GOP lawmakers, who warned they would vote the measure down in order to focus on budget matters.
Discussion: americanthinker.com and FrumForum
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
What became of ‘repeal and replace’?  —  When they took control of the House, Republicans could barely stop talking about their plans to “repeal and replace” the health care reform law.  —  Six months later, they hardly talk publicly about those plans at all.  And they're nowhere close to “replacing” the law.
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:   Fast pace in House leads to lawmaker mistakes, confusion on votes
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
House GOP expected to ax transportation funds
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Weigel and Eschaton
Power Line:
WHY CLIMATE CHANGE HAS BECOME THE “DEAD PARROT SKETCH” OF AMERICAN POLITICS  —  For years now the climate campaign and the politicized science community has been complaining that it has a “communications problem,” which can be solved if only they shout louder, or get the human car alarm former …
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James Delingpole / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
There has been no global warming since 1998
Casey Anthony / The Daily Beast:
Worse Than O.J.!  —  While the stunning Casey Anthony acquittal defied logic, O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark details how juries often delude themselves—and why this verdict trumps even her case.  —  Sick, shaken, in disbelief.  As I listened to the verdicts in the Casey Anthony case …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Mediaite
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Orlando Sentinel:
Casey Anthony not guilty of murder
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
The 2012 Horse Whisperers  —  Who's giving foreign-policy advice to the crop of GOP front-runners?  —  Michele Bachmann: The Tea Party's new hawk  —  Despite all of Bachmann's Tea Party credentials, she's not looking like an isolationist when it comes to foreign policy.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
N.Y.C. civil terror trial for Somali  —  In a move that has angered some congressional Republicans, a Somali man accused of having ties to two terrorist groups — who was secretly interrogated for months aboard a U.S. Navy ship — will be prosecuted in civilian court in New York by the Justice Department, the Obama administration said.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Greg Miller / Washington Post:
U.S. indicts Somali on terrorism charges
Discussion: The Agonist
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Watch a 50-Mile Wide Dust Storm Devour Phoenix  —  Now, we have a new reason to compare the Great Recession to the Great Depression: Steinbeck-style dust storms.  Tuesday evening, a massive cloud of darkness known as a “habub” overtook Phoenix.  The National Weather Service reports that the wall …
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Rob Schumacher / msnbc.com:
50-mile wide, mile-high dust storm engulfs Phoenix
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama plays small ball on policy  —  President Barack Obama swept into office as the anti-Bill Clinton, even saying at one point that he wasn't sent to Washington to “do school uniforms” — political shorthand for the former president's downsized ambitions against a Republican Congress.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Pawlenty's Homespun Tale  —  SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn.—Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty brings a biographical peculiarity to his quest for the White House.  Were he to win, he'd be the first president who had never lived outside his home state.  —  In fact, Mr. Pawlenty has lived …
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The Huffington Post:
Former Tim Pawlenty Colleagues, Mentors Don't Recognize The Man Running For President
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Better Lives for Mexicans Cut Allure of Going North  —  AGUA NEGRA, Mexico — The extraordinary Mexican migration that delivered millions of illegal immigrants to the United States over the past 30 years has sputtered to a trickle, and research points to a surprising cause …
Discussion: Swampland and The Business Insider
Kayla Webley / newsfeed.time.com:
Investigation Finds ‘Widespread’ Cheating in Atlanta Schools  —  At least 178 teachers and principals at nearly four dozen schools in Atlanta have been implicated in what is likely the largest cheating scandal in U.S. history to date.  —  The report found that teachers …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
'That's racist' as a punch line  —  A phrase once considered one of the most serious accusations possible has become a gag line.  —  A scene from “30 Rock.”  Hannibal Buress, a comedian and writer for NBC's television program says “That's racist” works in comedy because it pushes buttons.  (NBC)
Guardian:
Families of 7/7 victims ‘were targets of phone hacking’  —  New revelation deepens crisis at News of the World after it emerges that officers will review child murder cases  —  The phone-hacking crisis enveloping the News of the World intensified on Tuesday night after it emerged …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
GOP Rep. McCotter's union ties to be tested  —  Labor is keeping a close eye on Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) to see whether he disavows his pro-union record as he campaigns for the White House.  —  McCotter is among a small group of Republicans on Capitol Hill who have a history of supporting the labor movement.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Treasury announces $10 billion in TARP profit from banks  —  The federal government has reaped a $10 billion profit on bank loans made under the controversial Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).  —  The Treasury Department announced Tuesday that the government had pulled in another $1.7 billion in proceeds stemming from TARP loans.
Discussion: FrumForum
New York Times:
Brawl Erupts During Impeachment Talks in Afghan Parliament  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Members of the Afghan Parliament came to blows Tuesday as a majority for the first time began to discuss impeaching President Hamid Karzai, signaling the near-total breakdown of relations between the Parliament …
Discussion: The Nation and FrumForum
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
For Film Graduates, an Altered Job Picture  —  LOS ANGELES — One after another, touring groups of prospective students and their parents stopped late last month to pose for pictures around a bronze Douglas Fairbanks, who wields his sword in a courtyard fountain here at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
DNC boss, president at odds on Cuba policy  —  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), tapped by President Obama to head the Democratic National Committee, is a hard-liner on Cuba, which means the chairwoman of the organization intent on reelecting the president disagrees with Obama …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Supreme Court to decide on Mexican's execution  —  The U.S. Supreme Court has until Thursday to intervene before Texas is scheduled to put to death a convicted murderer and rapist from Mexico whose execution could place the U.S. in violation of a 38-year international treaty.
 
 
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Philip Aldrick / Telegraph:
Fiscal stimulus doesn't work, claims Harvard economics professor Robert Barro
Discussion: Hot Air and Vox Popoli
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
RNC launches ad campaign attacking Obama on economy
Discussion: CNN
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Preparing For New iPhone in Third Quarter
Spiegel Online:
How Greece's Political Elite Ruined the Country
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Big Business Leaves Deficit to Politicians
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Weapons prove Iranian role in Iraq, U.S. says
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Matt Buedel / Journal Star:
Police, firefighters shot with fireworks at Taft Homes ‘riot’
Discussion: Fox Nation
 Earlier Items: 
Inside Higher Ed:
Oral History, Unprotected
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Guardian:
Activists' plan to break Gaza blockade with aid flotilla is sunk
Robert K. Lifton / The Huffington Post:
Zionism at Risk  —  I am a Zionist.  Like most Jews living …
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon
Wall Street Journal:
Inside the Disappointing Comeback
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
GRAPH: Contrary To GOP Claims, U.S. Has Second Lowest Corporate Taxes In The Developed World